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Date: 16 May 2013
Name: Bosco Ramirez
City & Country: Cartago, Costa Rica

Message: Un pequeño mensaje en memoria de uno de mis artistas preferidos desde adolescente y que con sus grabaciones disfruté y disfruto mucho de la música de los grandes maestros, una persona patrimonio de la humanidad...


Date: 8 August 2012
Name: Peteriina Vainola
City & Country: Helsinki, Finland & Sydney, Australia

Message: In fond memory of Janos who became a close and dear family friend through my parents who lived in Budapest in the 80's. Our family has great memories of time spent with you.


Date: 6 June 2012
Name: Lance G. Hill
City & Country: Binghamton, New York, USA

Message: Have long enjoyed János Sebestyén's art and recordings and will be giving him an international radio tribute in March 2013 in tribute to his birth. In 2012, we have lost another great artist. This site is a wonderful tribute to the man.


Date: 27 May 2012
Name: Jon Holland
City & Country: Rockwall, Texas, USA

Message: I greatly enjoyed learning more about Mr. Sebestyén's remarkable life and career. How appropriate his surname is forever linked with the great Johann Sebastian Bach, a fellow musician that would have no doubt approved of the late Mr. Sebestyén's service to the harpsichord. How few people in this world can claim to have lived such a life as his. Requiescat in pace.


Date: 7 May 2012
Name: Mary Jo Capotrio
City & Country: South Burlington, Vermont, USA

Message: I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Sebestyén's passing. My sincere condolences to you and his family.

Mary Jo Capotrio


Date: 21 March 2012
Name: Abdurrahman Hazer
City & Country: Ankara, Turkey

Message: Dear Harpsichord King János SEBESTYÉN,

Where are...
I can hear now, playing the harpsichord
notes you can live with forever
I dont believe in the death
forever live

Klavsenin efendisi János SEBESTYÉN. Huzur icinde uyu. Plaklarda ruhun her daim yasayacaktir. Seni saygiyla aniyorum.

Buyuk hayranin Abdurrahman


Date: 23 February 2012
Name: W. Gallagher
City & Country: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Message: Thank you for your excellent site dedicated to János Sebestyén. I have some of his recordings, all excellent performances, and thanks to you I now know more about him. I also appreciate your fine graphic presentation of the Hungaroton albums, so many of which are unfortunately now unavailable. Greetings from Brazil.


Date: 15 February 2012
Name: Botár Katalin
City & Country: Kolozsvár, Románia

Message: Ha valaki elmondhatja, hogy egész életében hálával emlegethet, akkor az én vagyok, megismerkedésünk idején mégcsak "féligkész" csembalista, akivel vállaltad az együttszereplés rizikóját (ez a meghívásokra vonatkozott, mert sohasem lehetett tudni, hol akadok el az engedélyek beszerzésével, hogy végre kézbekapjam az útlevelem és elinduljak Magyarországra veled koncertezni és kis európai levegőt szívni!) Te minden voltál egyszemélyben: mentor, tanár, kollega, barát... tudom, hogy segíteni akartál rajtam, amikor itt jártál Kolozsváron, hogy ne mint brácsatanár keressem meg kenyerem, hanem minden energiámat a csembalónak szentelhessem. Ez sikerült is, igaz, meg kellett várni vele a rendszerváltást! Közös rádiófelvételeink szép száma mutatja, hogy jól dolgoztunk együtt! Azt is tudom, nagyon szerettél Kolozsvárra jönni, és nem tudtál betelni a Farkas utcai református templomba beözönlő közönség látványával, akik csodálatos orgonaestedre jöttek el legalább kétezren! Kétcsembalós koncertünk is emlékzetes élmény volt városom zenkedvelőinek! Nem tudok, és nem is akarok múlt időben írni rólad, hogyan is tehetném, amikor naponta meglátotogatlak nagyon szép honlapodon és kicsit visszautazom az időben, a 80-as évekbe, és nagyon jól érzem itt magam veled és közös ismerőseinkkel! Drága János, velünk maradsz örökre!

A Te Botár Katid


Date: 7 February 2012
Name: Victor
City & Country: Dallas, Texas, USA

Message: Thanks for keeping his memory alive. A remarkable man.


Date: 6 February 2012
Name: Heraclides Georgina
City & Country: Athénes, Greece

Message: Üres lett a Fillér utca!


Date: 6 February 2012
Name: Juricsek Magda
City & Country: Budapest, Hungary

Message: Sokat tanultam. Ön által zenéről, a világról, utaztatott a Rádió hullámain. Köszönet érte!


Date: 5 February 2012
Name: Avi Gonzalez
City & Country: Dallas, Texas, USA

Message: Thank you for sharing his music with me and the world.


Date: 4 February 2012
Name: Nobutaka Ohta
City & Country: Yaizu, Japan

Message: Nice website! It's amazing to get information about clavecins like this.


Date: 4 February 2012
Name: Palma Adleff
City & Country: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Message: Nyugodjon békében, csodálatos tanár és rádiós volt!


Date: 3 January 2012
Name: Roland and Marianne Kuchel
City & Country: Vermont, USA

Message: Dear Janos,

How nice to have found your website.

Love,

Marianne and Roland


Date: 26 September 2011
Name: Hans Sondaal
City & Country: Boxmeer, Netherlands

Message: Dear János,

Els and I are in Budapest from 19 to 22 October. Would love to catch up. Are you at home in the afternoon of 19 or 20 October?

Best wishes,

Hans Sondaal, former Netherlands Ambassador to Hungary


Date: 22 August 2011
Name: Andrea Donath
City & Country: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Message: From Jeno Donath's oldest niece comes greetings. I hope you are very well and want to say hello from Philadelphia!! Much love for all the memories. I once visited with you and your mother... my father - Andre - was Jeno's brother!


Date: 14 June 2011
Name: Rodrigo Treviño
City & Country: Mexico City, Mexico

Message: Dearest Maestro János Sebestyén,

Congratulations a lot on a long and productive life, many years to come! Long Live to the Music!

Rodrigo Treviño
Bach Music Lover
Mexican Organist, Pianist and Harpsichordist


Date: 10 April 2011
Name: Staffan Lindroth
City & Country: Stockholm, Sundsvall, Sweden

Message: Hello János Sebestyén! I don´t know if You remember me! When I was young You visit Engelbrekts church of Stockholm for an organ concert. My father Professor Henry Lindroth was at that time organist in that church and also professor in counterpoint at Royal School of Music in Stockholm. I myself remember You and even later when I visited Your lovely country and You met me in Budapest and offered me one of Your soups in Your home! Nowadays I am retired from my lifework as professional conductor for chorals and orchestras in northern part of Sweden. I am now this day thinking of You and have also listened to Your performances in YouTube! I remember Your recipe of goulash-soup that You offered me long times ago! Music is life and the future! All my good wishes for You! Thanks from Staffan Lindroth (staffan.lindroth@telia.com).


Date: 8 April 2011
Name: J. Phillip Hoff
City & Country: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Message: After 40 some years I have replayed my Dittersdorf 33 1/3. The harpischord is wonderful, but the sound mixer should be shot. The orchestra is way too much emphasized at the expense of the harpsichord. Still I enjoy.


Date: 6 March 2011
Name: Lázár Eszter szerkesztő
City & Country: Budapest, Hungary

Message: Kedves János!

Születésnapod alkalmával eszembe jutott a sok szép közös produkció.

Gratulálok!

Eszter


Date: 2 March 2011
Name: Láng Judith
City & Country: Budapest, Hungary

Message: János, talán még emlékszel rám, de ha nem akkor is jó egészséget, munkakedvet kívánok, és szeretnénk a zenéd még sokáig hallani.

Barátsággal LJ.


Date: 2 March 2011
Name: Valerie Brezova
City & Country: Bratislava, Slovakia

Message: I wish you Happy Birthday, Strong Health, Much Love, Much Creative Forces and Rich Art Experiences.


Date: 17 February 2011
Name: Sidney Leal
City & Country: Aracaju, Brasil

Message: Congratulations Mr. János, I'm just today knowing about your work and I'm birthday too, am a beginner in the world of keyboards, I'm loving your works, is amazing!

Lord bless you!!!


Date: 13 February 2011
Name: Simon Taylor
City & Country: United Kingdom

Message: Birthday greetings János. My wife and I discovered on vinyl your Turnabout recording of Handel Harpsichord Music. We can't stop playing it.


Date: 12 February 2011
Name: Gil Frossard
City & Country: Morlon, Suisse

Message: Meilleurs voeux pour votre anniversaire (je suis un ami de Georges Athanasiadès et Harrietta Krips).

Et plein succès.

Sincèrement.


Date: 12 February 2011
Name: Colin Mitchell
City & Country: Keighley, UK

Message: Wishing you a happy birthday. What a joy to discover your website, as I try to discover more about the organ-culture of Hungary.


Date: 21 January 2011
Name: Mary Jo Capotrio
City & Country: South Burlington, Vermont, USA

Message: I was so happy to see your web site has pictures of Dr. Jeno Donath.

He was the orchestra conductor at the high school I attended in Philadelphia from September 1964 to June 1968. I was fortunate enough to be a trombone player in the orchestra, and I have fond memories of Dr. Donath. It was many years ago, but I think of him still. What a wonderful man he was, so intelligent, dedicated and pleasant.

I remember some of his compositions that we played in our yearly Musicales. "Finlandia" and "Tribute to Sousa" were my favorites. Thank you for these photos. They brought back so many memories!


Date: 6 October 2010
Name: Péter Bara
City & Country: Budapest, Hungary

Message: Tisztelt Sebestyén úr! Ma egy rádióbeszélgetés felvételén (Civil Rádió) Horváth Anikó beszélt sok szeretettel Önről.


Date: 14 March 2010
Name: Magdy Mikaelberg
City & Country: Germany

Message: Kedves János,

A kacsák vidáman úszkálnak a Rajnán, miközben hallgatom a prágai történeteket Miklós és Robert utjáról. Nagyon várjuk az áprilisi radióadást, jó egészséget és szép tavaszi napokat: Magdy


Date: 7 March 2010
Name: Zoltán Jeney
City & Country: Neustrelitz, Germany

Message: Dear János,

My father always took me with himself, to recordings at the radio or just to rehearsals, when he felt it would make a crucial impact on my musical development. I sometimes even had the honour of turning the pages. And he was every time right about it, each of these occasions made a tremendous impression on me. Those days I was too shy to tell you, but you were among just a handful of the very greatest musicians whom I most admired and whom I encountered personally. In best company with Britten, Kodály, Zino Francescatti, Stockhausen, Henze, Ligeti, Graham Johnson etc...

I wonder if you still remember the time when my father recorded with you the C major Sonata from Vivaldi?? My father and you recorded the slow movement and everything was perfect except on a certain place the recording engineer thought just before the recapitulation the two of you could do a little more or less rit... So my father said softly so nobody could hear it: "just watch what I am going to do...", and he played the piece again in a completely different style!! You followed him absolutely perfectly, but the whole recording session stopped for an hour because everybody was discussing which version was better, and they could not decide which version to keep.

Best Wishes and Kind Regards.

Zoltán Jeney


Date: 27 November 2009
Name: Csizmazia Bulcsú
City & Country: Tihany, Hungary

Message: Kedves János!

Nagyon szép ez a honlap. Sok szeretettel üdvözlünk, reméljük hamarosan újra találkozunk, keresünk telefonon.

Kata és Bulcsú


Date: 26 August 2009
Name: Zsigmond Szathmáry
City & Country: Freiburg, Germany

Message: Kedves János!

Sok mindent, szépet és érdekeset megéltél. Kívánom, hogy ez az életerös folyamat ne törjék meg. Várom az új beszámolókat és képeket.


Date: 15 September 2008
Name: Oliver Cordell
City & Country: Warsaw, Poland

Message: Hello János,

Great to see you are still going strong. Same here!!! I remember well the times at your place and with Geoffrey Tozer, also Aladár Pege. I'm improvising at the piano. My current 'hero' is Art Tatum of whom Horowitz said that if he took up classical piano, then many colleagues would have to resign, listen to his 'Tea for Two' on YouTube. Get yourself on there too!!! Any news of Zoltán Zorandy?

All the best,

Oliver Cordell


Date: 11 September 2007
Name: Sven Åke Landström
City & Country: Stockholm, Sweden

Message: Dear János,

It is so interesting to look at your home page. See you tomorrow in Budapest!

Kind regards,

Sven Åke


Date: 9 May 2007
Name: Ema Vicens de Talamás
City & Country: Montevideo, Uruguay

Message: Dear János,

I was very moved when I found your site and your picture. I don't know if you remember me, I am Ema, Gualberto Talamás' wife. He was Ambassador of Uruguay in Hungary between 1986 and 1989 and I believe you know that he passed away in May 1989.

I always enjoyed going to your home so very, very much! Only a few days ago I was remembering the Christmas tree on the grand piano the whole year round. We had a wonderful group, with the British Ambassador Leonard and Elizabeth Appleyard, the Australians Oliver and Ross, and the Canadians Robert and Gillian Eliott. We often enjoyed your generous hospitality and I was delighted to see the pictures of our friends Peter Unwin, Italian Ambassador Nitti, and Judit Makó in your well-remembered home!

Let me congratulate you on all the awards you have received both in Hungary and abroad. It is really impressive. I send you my best regards and a big "abrazo".

Ema


Date: 2 June 2006
Name: Nathalie Fodor
City & Country: Bordeaux, France

Message: HOW ARE YOU!!!!! I wish you all the best. Meilleur souvenir.


Date: 10 February 2006
Name: Hulya Hazer
City & Country: Ankara, Turkey

Message: Viva János Sebestyén. Happy birthday excellent harpsichordist.


Date: 8 February 2006
Name: Abdurrahman Hazer
City & Country: Ankara, Turkey

Message: Happy Birthday Mr. Harpsichord King.


Date: 26 December 2005
Name: Kontz Erzsébet
City & Country: Budapest, Hungary

Message: Dear János,

I had to check out your wonderful website. Very well set up. Köszönjük a tegnapi karácsonyi zongorázást és remélem mai napja jól telt.

Szeretettel üdvözlöm Erzsébet


Date: 21 June 2005
Name: Alberto Braschi
City & Country: Milan, Italy

Message: Caro János,

Scoperto per puro caso il tuo sito (molto ben fatto) sono lieto di poterti inviare il nostro piú caro saluto. Cristina ed io contiamo di incontrarti a Budapest, ma sarebbe meraviglioso ascoltarti ancora a Milano. A piú di vent'anni di distanza il ricordo delle tue splendide esecuzioni a San Maurizio-Milano e nell'abbazia di Serravalle Scrivia è ancora vivissimo. Un abbraccio stretto e arrivederci presto.

Alberto e Cristina


Date: 11 May 2005
Name: John G. Cook-Rickatson
City & Country: Lorette, Manitoba, Canada

Message: Dear Mr. Sebestyén,

Just listened to Hasse Solo Organ Concerto # 3 on 1680 Aebi @ St. Georges, Ernen, Suisse. Wonderful playing, it was a pleasure. Long Live the Pipe Organ. I grew up around cinema organs in England as a child and have worked on a number of instruments in Winnipeg, Canada.


Date: 21 April 2005
Name: Christopher Stembridge
City & Country: Italy

Message: How do I get in touch with you? And how are you? (The photo doesn't show whether the Xmas tree is still on the piano.) Remember laughter in S Elpidio?

Christopher


Date: 23 January 2005
Name: Peter Brownlee
City & Country: Portland, Oregon, USA

Message: Dear Mr. Sebestyén,

I never cease to be inspired and instructed by your wonderful musicianship and harpsichord wizardry. Thank you for having been a large reason for my pursuing this instrument professionally!

With kind wishes,

Peter Brownlee


Date: 30 December 2004
Name: Gyorgy Pauk
City & Country: London, England

Message: Draga "oreg" Baratunk,

Sok szeretettel olelunk es kivanunk minden jot az Ujevre, egeszseget, meg sok sikert eletedben.

Gyuri & Zsuzsi


Date: 4 October 2004
Name: Angela Tosheva
City & Country: Sofia, Bulgaria

Message: Dear Maestro Sebestyén,

How are you? It was very happy time for me to meet you and to speak in Siófok! We met with Valia Ilieva and it was a good moment for her to remember the time that you and K. Iliev spent together in Budapest! She sends you best regards.

My best regards and memories,

Angela Tosheva from Siófok 2004


Date: 6 October 2003
Name: Andrew Pracht
City & Country: Riga, Latvia

Message: Dear mister János Sebestyén!!!

Do I have a possible to take some lessons a you? I live in Riga, Latvia. I finished music Academy but I would like to get professional harpsichord education. Reply please me... pracht@inbox.ru.


Date: 8 September 2003
Name: Kenneth R. Boiarsky
City & Country: Dallas, Texas & El Prado, New Mexico, USA

Message: Dear Mr. Sebestyén,

Many years ago I had 33LP's of "J. S. Bach Music For Solo Harpsichord" and of "Handel Harpsichord Music", both recorded by you. Recently I found them on your website (excellent site) as VOX/TURNABOUT #'s TV-S 34369 and TV-S 34448. I understand from Mr. Tifft that you are "amazed that anyone actually likes these old VOX recordings". I also am amazed, Maestro Sebestyén, but my amazement is that such fine recordings are not in critical popular demand. I have listened to them many, many times, and each time am filled to the brim with inspiration and with a deep sense of appreciation for your passionate mastery. Thank you for making these "old recordings", Maestro.

Ken Boiarsky


Date: 28 July 2003
Name: Nicholas Bunning
City & Country: New York, New York, USA

Message: I encountered Sebestyén's playing with the same VOX record (TURNABOUT TV-S 34369). My feelings were the same, the harpsichord sounded wiry, but I KEPT listening... the interpretation of the Toccata on the recording is superb.


Date: 13 May 2003
Name: János Sándor
City & Country: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Message: Kedves Mester, Nagyon tetszik a honlapja!


Date: 7 May 2003
Name: Chiaki Shibasaki
City & Country: Tokyo, Japan

Message: I happened to meet Mr. Sebestyén on a flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo (May 3). It was really nice to see you and I hope I can listen to your concert here in Japan!


Date: 26 April 2003
Name: Lenke Rothman
City & Country: Stockholm, Sweden

Message: While in Budapest I am happy to see your homepage and to see you. To be able to wish you all the best and to express my admiration for your tremendous creativity!

Love, Lenke


Date: 10 February 2001
Name: Aurora Dokken
City & Country: Commerce, Texas, USA

Message: I am so glad to find this page. In the near future I hope to travel to Budapest. I hope that I will be able to attend a concert in which Mr. Sebestyén is performing.


Date: 8 December 2000
Name: Nathalie Fodor
City & Country: Bordeaux, France

Message: Hi, Szervus Sebi and best remembers from our time together and musical collaboration in Budapest in 93-94!


Date: 16 October 2000
Name: Paul Gabler
City & Country: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Message: I think it is great that you dedicated a place to the oeuvre of Mr. Sebestyén at the internet and I hope it will be filled with lots of interesting details about this great performer and his vast oeuvre.


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